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News on suppliers, market trends and technology innovations in polysilicon and wafer production is selected, assessed and written for you by Bernreuter Research.

Tongwei’s annual polysilicon production capacities from 2016 through 2021

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China-based polysilicon and solar cell manufacturer Tongwei will increase its production capacity from 80,000 to 155,000 tons by late 2021, thus becoming the world market leader.

Shares of top three players, Longi, Zhonghuan Semiconductor and JinkoSolar, in global mono wafer capacity in 2019; shares of monocrystalline and multicrystalline modules in JinkoSolar’s shipments in 2018, 2019 and 2020

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Marking the rapid demise of multicrystalline technology, the world’s largest module supplier, JinkoSolar, expects monocrystalline modules to make up nearly 100% of its shipments in 2020.

Polysilicon sales contracts of Daqo

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Daqo, China’s third-largest polysilicon manufacturer has signed a new two-year sales contract with JinkoSolar, the world’s largest solar module supplier, for the delivery of up to 36,000 tons of polysilicon in 2020 and 2021.

Monocrystalline solar wafers from Longi Green Energy Technology

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Longi, the leading manufacturer of monocrystalline solar wafers, will accelerate the expansion of its production capacity, thus reaching its target of 65 GW already by the end of 2020, one year ahead of schedule.

Longi’s polysilicon supply contract with Daqo

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Daqo, China’s third-largest polysilicon maker, has signed a new contract with leading monocrystalline wafer producer Longi for the supply of 112,800 tons of polysilicon from 2020 through 2020.

Monocrystalline solar wafers from Zhonghuan Semiconductor

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China-based Zhonghuan Semiconductor, the world’s second-largest manufacturer of monocrystalline solar wafers, has confirmed earlier plans to increase its production capacity by 25 GW to 55 GW.

Longi’s capacity expansion plan 2018 - 2021

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China-based Longi, the world’s largest manufacturer of monocrystalline solar wafers, will more than double its capacity from 28 GW at the end of 2018 to 65 GW by the end of 2021.

Shares of global polysilicon production capacity

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U.S.-based REC Silicon is edging closer to shutting down its polysilicon plant in Moses Lake, Washington. The factory is currently running at 25% of its capacity.

Solar module from GCL System Integration Technology made of cast mono wafers

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Leading China-based polysilicon and wafer manufacturer GCL-Poly will ramp up its production capacity for cast mono ingots and wafers to 15 GW by the first quarter of 2020.

Wacker’s integrated chemical factory in Burghausen, Bavaria

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Analysts at Credit Suisse predict that “Wacker will remain a marginal producer of solar grade polysilicon near term and will be squeezed out by low cost Chinese production longer term.”